Embedding Interuniversity Peer Review in Virtual Learning Groups

A Research-Based Learning Scenario
  • Michael A. HerzogEmail author
  • Elisabeth Katzlinger
  • Martin Stabauer
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10108)


Interdisciplinary cooperation in virtual groups has become a reality and challenge for businesses and institutions in the globalised world and thus a main learning objective for business students. This paper reports an inter-university cooperation between a German University of Applied Sciences and an Austrian University, in which students of both institutions work together in virtual learning groups. They collectively develop a research project concerning “ethical issues of digital communication”. The students pass the different stages of a typical research process starting with a relevant research question towards the presentation of the findings at a conference. For this research-based learning scenario a process model is developed based on established theory and including a Peer Review process for students from three courses of both universities. An accompanying study collects qualitative and quantitative data on Peer Review as a learning method in an inter-university context and the role of media for virtual cooperation.


Interdisciplinary collaboration Inter-University learning groups Learning through research Integrated peer review process Inquiry based learning Virtual learning group 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael A. Herzog
    • 1
    Email author
  • Elisabeth Katzlinger
    • 2
  • Martin Stabauer
    • 2
  1. 1.Magdeburg-Stendal UniversityMagdeburgGermany
  2. 2.Johannes Kepler UniversityLinzAustria

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